Greg Kostraba

Program Director

February 16, 2009 marked the beginning of my second go-around at WBAA. I worked here as a Program Host/Producer from 1995 to 2001, hosting classical music, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the weekly 20th century classical music series “The Kostraba Conundrum.” After a short stint as PD at a public radio station in Kansas, I moved with my family to Toledo to serve as Classical Music Director at WGTE-FM, staying for seven years. Among my highlights in Toledo, I was fortunate to win the 2007 Ohio Public Broadcasting Award for "Radio Producer of the Year" for my monthly in-studio performance program “Live From FM 91” and special programs celebrating the life and music of composers William Grant Still and Samuel Adler.

Aside from my family, my passion in life is playing the piano. I have master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. You may have heard my performance of William Grant Still’s Kaintuck’ with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra on Performance Today or seen me as soloist with the Lafayette and Purdue Symphony Orchestras or playing chamber music on the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society series. I was also a semifinalist at the Fourth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2004 and produced the Toledo Clarinets premiere CD on the Cambria label. Most recently, I was featured on two recordings of music by Rick Sowash on the composer’s own label. My favorite gig, though, may have been playing on a weekly basis in the Rusty’s Jazz Café Big Band in Toledo with my late father, the bandleader Dan Terry, in the audience.

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Arts & Culture
5:59 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Pianos Along Main Street

Stan Jastrzebski talks to Caryl Matthews of the Tippecanoe Piano Teachers Association about the pianos placed along Main Street in July.

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Arts & Culture
9:30 am
Thu July 3, 2014

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Purdue Convocations

Jan Simon talks to Todd Wetzel, Director of Purdue Convocations about the organization’s mission and activities, including a preview of the upcoming 2014-2015 season.

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Arts & Culture
5:42 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

"WBAA Jazz" begins Monday

WBAA evening jazz host Tony Mowod

Love great jazz? Soon, you‘ll be able to hear jazz on WBAA 24 hours a day! “WBAA Jazz” is a new channel that begins Monday. Tune in for your favorite hosts, Tony Mowad, Scott Hanley, Chuck Leavens and Don Seybold on 101.3 FM’s HD 2 channel. Listen online at WBAA dot org, or your iPhone, iPad or Android with our free mobile app, or with an HD radio receiver.

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Arts & Culture
4:23 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Indiana Fiddlers Gathering

Greg Kostraba talks to Scott Freeman, Program Director of the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering about the organization’s mission and activities, including the festival, which takes place June 27-29 at the Tippecanoe Battlefield in Battle Ground.

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Arts & Culture
8:38 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Wabash Valley Youth Symphony 5/18 concert preview

David Glover leads the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony for his final concert with the orchestra, Sunday,May 18th at 7:00 p.m. at the Long Center in downtown Lafayette. He recently joined WVYS Principal Hornist Barbara Bright-Read to talk about the concert with WBAA's Greg Kostraba.

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Arts & Culture
9:13 am
Wed April 2, 2014

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Friends of JAM

WBAA's Greg Kostraba talks to Scott Pazera with Friends of JAM about the organization, their upcoming events and Jazz Appreciation Month, which takes place each April nationwide.

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Arts & Culture
9:43 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society 3/30 concert preview

The next Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society performance takes place Sunday, March 30th at 4:00 p.m. at Fowler Hall in Purdue's Stewart Center. TCMS Artistic Director Margot Marlatt and two of the concert's featured musicians, cellist Sara Wollan and pianist Marc Loudon, recently came to the WBAA studios to talk about the concert, which features music of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Gaspar Cassadó.

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Arts & Culture
11:52 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Lafayette Symphony 3/1 Concert Preview

Nicholas Palmer and José Valencia lead the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra in the LSO's annual "Keller Concert," Saturday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N. 6th Street in Lafayette. Maestro Palmer recently came to the WBAA studios to talk about the concert, which features winners of the orchestra's Keller Competition.

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Arts & Culture
11:04 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Simone Dinnerstein Preview 2/27

Purdue Convocations brings pianist Simone Dinnerstein to Loeb Playhouse for a performance Thursday evening at 7:30. She recently discussed the program, and her wide-ranging musical interests.

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Arts & Culture
5:05 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Wabash Valley Youth Symphony Preview 2/23

David Glover leads the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony in the orchestra’s annual Concerto Concert, Sunday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Richard Jaeger Theater at Jefferson High School. He recently joined two of the soloists to talk about the concert.

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